Bridgwater & Taunton College The Music Room Academy

The Music Room was formed in 2001 to provide opportunities for people in Bridgwater and the surrounding areas to learn a musical instrument or improve existing musical skills.

Instrumental lessons are available to all ages and the success of The Music Room has been achieved through the hard work and dedication of teachers and students alike. The ability to perform on a musical instrument fosters creativity and teaches critical assessment of the world around us, as well as instilling self-discipline and confidence.

Our staff includes conservatoire graduates which means they are exceptionally well qualified and experienced in delivering instrumental teaching. In recent years students at The Music Room have made excellent progress, achieving outstanding results in graded music exams with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity-Guildhall and LCM Rock School.

Bridgwater College Student Curtis Day

Curtis Day — Student

Music lessons at the College are educational and enjoyable, and the tutors are very professional and treat me as an adult. I have played the piano for a long time and the lessons have enabled me to take my Grade 6 exam. I feel I am continuing to improve my skills and I’m looking forward to another year of having lessons at the Music Room.”

Who is The Music Room for?

The Music Room provides music tuition to all members of the community wishing to learn to play a musical instrument. Tuition is on a one-to-one basis and we are happy to advise on a programme or devise something tailored to your needs. There is no upper age limit for tuition, all we ask is for an interest in developing your technical and musical skills and a commitment to practise each day. Parents of younger learners are welcome to sit in on lessons.

Which instruments and styles can I learn?

We cater for a broad range of musical styles, from classical to jazz and rock. We provide tuition in a wide variety of instruments including:

  • Voice (singing)
  • Piano, organ, harpsichord and keyboards
  • Violin, viola, cello and bass
  • Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon
  • Trumpet, horn, trombone and tuba
  • Guitar (classical, acoustic and electric) and bass guitar
  • Drums and percussion

Do I need my own instrument?

You will need to have access to a reliable instrument on which you can practise regularly at home. For beginners, many musical instrument dealers offer very reasonable trial/hire arrangements for the first year of tuition. We are always happy to advise on the best option or instrument for you.

When are the lessons?

We will negotiate a time which suits both you and your teacher. Standard lessons are 30 minutes long, structured to include technique, music reading and repertoire. Students at advanced level can choose to take double lessons for extended tuition.

How much do lessons cost?

Please contact The Music Room for up-to-date information and costs on 01278 441369 or email musicroom@bridgwater.ac.uk.

When do lessons start?

You may apply for a place at the The Music Room at any time. Once we have received your application you can enrol and your fee will cover ten sessions.

Can I study for music exams?

We enter many students for graded music exams every year. We work with all the major examination boards, and our students have had outstanding success in music grades.

What are the benefits of joining The Music Room?

  • Your instrumental lesson is on a one-to-one basis and tailored to your needs
  • We cater for all levels of ability, from Introductory to Advanced, including Music Performance and Teaching Diplomas
  • All lessons are taught by specialist teachers, who are also experienced performers
  • You will receive regular weekly feedback on your progress and targeted advice on developing your skills
  • You will be able to take part in group and solo performance opportunities as part of the concerts and events calendar